Up With the Birds

Boobies, noddies, tropic-birds, parakeets and many other bird species unknown on the New Zealand mainland are now the only residents on treeless Macauley Island in the Kermadec Group. It wasn’t always the case in this little bit of the tropics belonging to New Zealand. The film moves through a day with the various nesting colonies and concludes that Macauley Island, which itself is emerging from a period of severe environmental stress, should now be left to the birds.

Produced by NHNZ

Part of the philosophy of Wild South is to extend New Zealanders notion of this country and region.

New Zealand’s territory extends up into the tropics and down to the subantarctic, and her biogeographical region includes island s like New Hebrides, New Caledonia and parts of Australia.

The Natural History Unit travelled to the Kermadec Island group with the Wildlife Service of the Department of Internal Affairs for a 10 day census of birdlife.

The Kermadecs are situated half way between NZ and Tonga and the birds there are all tropical types and quite unknown on the New Zealand mainland.

Boobies, noddies, tropic birds and parakeets breed on this treeless island and the film moves through a day with the various nesting colonies and concludes that this island, which itself has come through a period of severe environmental stress, is New Zealand’s little bit of the tropics and should now be left to the birds.

Episodes From This Series

Wanted Alive

26 minutes / 1992

Colony Z

24 minutes / 1986

The Black Stilt – A Bird Surrounded by Change

48 minutes / 1984

Black Robin – The Chatham Island Story

48 minutes / 1990

Lost World of the Poor Knights

48 minutes / 1992

Castles of the Underworld

46 minutes / 1992

Wild Horse, Wild Country

51 minutes / 1995

City Under the Sea

47 minutes / 1992

Bandits of the Beech Forest

52 minutes / 1996

Battle for Breaksea

26 minutes / 1989

Snares Gift from the Sea

24 minutes / 1984

Up With the Birds

24 minutes / 1982

Same Time Same Place

24 monutes / 1982

Swan Lake

24 minutes / 1985

Kakapo – Night Parrot

24 minutes / 1982

Sea lion summer

24 minutes / 1982

Possum a New Zealand Nightmare

26 minutes / 1990

Sanctuary

23 minutes / 1990

Pukeko

26 minutes / 1989

Invaders in Paradise

51 minutes / 1999

The Mangroves

24 minutes / 1984

Islands of strange noises

30 minutes / 1980

Island Eaten by Rats

24 minutes / 1984

Tale of the Crayfish

48 minutes / 1987

Land of the Kiwi

48 minutes / 1987

Gull City

23 minutes / 1990

Bandits of the Beach Forest

1 hour / 1996